The city-owned lots in Grand Crossing will form Kenwood Gardens, which will include a park, community center, sculpture garden, and live/work spaces for artists. It’s a project of Chicago Arts + Industry Commons, a collaboration of local organizations that includes University of Chicago’s Place Lab and the Stony Island Arts Bank creator and community activist Theaster Gates.
Kenwood Gardens will take shape along Kenwood Avenue between 68th and 70th streets. Per Curbed, the $4.4 million project would include space for educational programming, meditation/contemplation, gardening, and tiny house-style studios for Chicago artists to live and work during three-to-six-month residencies.
In September 2016, Gates got a big funding boost to build Kenwood Gardens and other art-related projects on the city’s South and West Sides.